As I write this, Phil Knight is worth somewhere around $25 billion. The 15th wealthiest person alive, Forbes
But, alas, our heroes weren’t always heroes. In fact, they achieve their heroic feats BECAUSE they are willing to go through phases of appearing to be (and feeling like) a deadbeat.
The walk to the Hall of Fame goes through (not around!) the Failure Hall of Fame.
Who better to bring the point home than Mr. Nike himself, Michael Jordan?
(Now, I know you’ve heard this quote before, but let the words sink in. See how YOUR missed shots are the reason why YOU succeed.)
—> “I’ve missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
One of the great things about Phil’s memoir is he shines a light on many of his missed shots and lost games. It’s incredibly inspiring to see the humanity involved in becoming the hero.
We echo this theme in so many Notes (see Choose the Life You Want
+ Blackbox Thinking
Successful people have a different relationship with failure. They see inevitable (!) mistakes and failures as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks. They know they must learn to fail or fail to learn. It’s all in how we frame it. Let’s do so wisely. Fail fast. Get up. Learn. Get better.
How’s *your* relationship to failure and what can you do to optimize it 1%?